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Second flush (May-June)
Whole leaf black tea
The Assam Golden Needle was chosen by us as it is a very memorable and luxurious tea composed of the most premium golden buds. It is absolutely marvelous with an extremely rich mouthfeel with a creamy, viscous texture and superb lasting aftertaste. This is a tea we are very proud to have, and definitely think it is for a tea aficionado who is looking for a unique and exquisite tea! You can steep this tea multiple times, with each infusion having the same luxurious mouthfeel but revealing subtleties in aromas and flavors.
The Golden Needle is an artisanal tea that is made in very small quantities in the summer. The most premium buds are carefully handpicked from the premium P-126 cultivar of the Camellia sinensis var. assamica plant, and then withered, oxidized and dried. Once you have had our Assam Golden Needle there is definitely no going back and you will keep coming back for more!
Number of infusions per 2.5 g serving: 4-5
2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)
120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 90°C - 99°C (or 195°F - 210°F)
This tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.
We recommend 5 gm of tea
100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).
Golden-green rice fields, thick forests, manicured tea estates surrounded by blue hills, green valleys, and a red river, Assam is the largest Northeastern state in India. Situated just below the eastern Himalayan foothills, it stretches along the Brahmaputra River. This tea comes from the Sivasagar district from a tea garden by the banks of the river Teok. The name 'Teok' means – 'The place of milk and ghee' in Tai.
Hunted for its horn, the one horned rhinos were almost extinct, with less than 200 left by the end of the 19th century. Conservation efforts have revived their population and brought their worldwide numbers to around 3,000 now — the bulk of them in Kaziranga, Assam.